Real patients talk about the importance of screening and diagnosis of GI conditions.
My advice would be, if you experience something, a medical condition, or you were diagnosed with something, would just simply don't be afraid to get the help that you need and to take that advice. Because you know, that's why we have the professionals in these jobs is to actually help. So I think for me was my fear initially because I'm like, I don't want somebody to tell me I have something. And so, that was my fear initially, even going to the hospital and trying to get, you know, help. But I think I'm grateful because had I not, probably something else could have happened severely to me. So I would say don't be afraid to seek help.
You know it might not be a problem, but it doesn't hurt to be seen just to get it checked. Because it could cause problems later on even though it's minor right now. A lot of people wait to get seen, and it never ends up being good for anybody.
It's very simple, just go see your doctor. If you have symptoms, and for me I mean they were... I thought they were linked to something else, so that's what drove me to go see them.
You need to be more proactive about ensuring that care that you've already earned, that's already available to you, that you're taking full advantage of that.
So my advice is to anyone out there, if you're having any kind of pains in the upper torso area, just go see your doctor 'cause you never know what it is. And with that, know that the procedures and the care that you're going to get from a GI clinic is very simple and very fast. And you are going to find some relief.
I will say when I first came into the Air Force, I was too prideful. I'm like, oh I can go and take care of myself. But I think it's very important to take care of yourself and seek the help that you need because when you don't... well when you do, it can prevent those long-term... those long-term things.
You know, talk to your doctor about your own personal history. Which I did, and I was fortunate that the doctor and the staff that I worked with adjusted my schedule because of... we said well let's not wait five years to do the next one. We're going to come in a little bit earlier, and fortunately we did.
You're the one that controls your life. So, doctors can help you, but you're the one that manages your life. So there's some self-responsibility in this. And that goes with me and how I was taking my medicine and what led me to the GI clinic to begin with. So, self-responsibility, obviously, but doctors are there to take care for you.